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school standoff. a 15-year-old boy holds a class of 23 students and one teacher hostage. then shoots himself. now police are trying to figure out why he did it. we'll speak exclusively with one of the teenage hostages. face-to-face. for the first time since losing big in the midterm elections, president obama will meet with republican leaders today, but can the two sides work together? we'll ask the soon-to-be house majority leader eric cantor as he gets ready for the big meeting. and oscar face-lift. up and coming stars james franco and anne hathaway are named as the hosts of this year's academy awards. sending a shockwave through hollywood and causing people to ask, who? we'll take you inside the controversial decision early this tuesday morning, november
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controversial decision early this tuesday morning, november 30th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs another gorgeous sunrise here in manhattan this morning. as we welcome you to "the early show" on a tuesday. good morning, i'm harry smith. >> yes, this is the last day of november. welcome to "the early show," i'm maggie rodriguez. >> july yun asang is the guy responsible for wikileaks. he says there will be more leaks forthcoming in the future. at the same time there's talk of a criminal investigation, maybe even criminal charges against him because of the last batch that came out. we'll get the latest on that in the news block. >> we begin this morning with a hostage standoff at a wisconsin school. it ended after police stormed the classroom and the gunman shot himself. the 15-year-old is now in the hospital with a serious wound. cbs news national correspondent dean reynolds is at the scene this morning in marinette, wisconsin, with more. dean, good morning.
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>> good morning, maggie. well, though this episode is over, questions here at the high school still linger. especially what could possibly have motivated a young man to do such a thing. just after 3:00 on a rainy monday afternoon at marinette high school, an emergency call alerted police. an unidentified 15-year-old male student, armed with two handguns, was holding 23 other students and their teacher hostage in a classroom. >> heartbreaking, i can't believe it. >> reporter: as the hours wore on, false rumors of bloodshed spread on the internet, adding to the anxiety of parents. a shocked local police chief faced reporters. >> the teacher is telling us that she's in the classroom with the student who has a gun, and that the children are being kept in there. >> reporter: over 100 police from across the state rushed to the scene. >> and i looked up and all i
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could see was red and blue flashing lights coming at me. i thought something's happening. >> reporter: though the gunman refused to speak to police, they were able to communicate by phone with the teacher being held hostage by him. she had good news. none of the hostages had been harmed. then, at 7:40 p.m., five students were released. a half hour later, police heard three shots, and stormed the classroom. >> as the officers approached him, the suspect then fired one shot, and injured himself in a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> reporter: marinette high school's ordeal ended then, with all the remaining 18 students and their teacher rescued by the police, unharmed. and as for the suspect, police just told us he is still being treated at a local hospital for that self-inflicted wound, which they described as serious in nature. maggie?
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>> cbs' dean reynolds. thank you, dean. also in marinette, wisconsin this morning is 15-year-old zach campbell who was one of the students held hostage in the classroom. zach, good morning. how are you doing this morning? >> all right. very traumatizing event yesterday. >> i'm sure it was. can you tell me when you first realized that something was wrong? >> yeah, at first we didn't know what was going on, and then he pulled out his gun and shot the projector on the promethean board and then we all kind of knew that something was very wrong. >> what did everybody do at that point? >> we just kind of stared in disbelief. nobody really knew what to do, you know. pretty scary. >> what was going through your mind at that moment? did you think that he could hurt someone? that he could hurt you? >> yeah. i didn't really know what to think, you know. just kind of hoping to get out
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alive. you know. he didn't really want to hurt anybody. he just -- he was very depressed. you could kind of tell. so he didn't want to shoot any of us. so -- >> usually when this sort of thing happens, you hear that the students showed warning signs. that he'd been depressed or that he was bullied. so you're saying it was the same thing with him, you could tell that he was depressed? >> he was -- you really couldn't tell. the class before that, some of my friends were just talking to him and he had a conversation going, he was perfectly fine. and then we got to the next hour, and then he pulled the gun, you know. nobody -- nobody bullied him. he had friends, you know. nobody -- you couldn't really tell anything was wrong. and then all of a sudden that happened. and then just -- >> you spent five hours in that classroom, zach. what was going on in there that whole time?
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>> well, austin said, how's hunting going? and so we started talking to sam and we just held a conversation for about five hours. we just talked to him about what movies he likes, his hobbies, music, a bunch of stuff. just tried to keep it going, keep it friendly. he was very -- he was fine. he was actually laughing with us pip don't know. >> it's amazing. and the whole time the teacher was talking to the police on the phone. how is it that you finally were able to get out? >> i asked him if i could go to the bathroom. i didn't have to go. i just figured maybe he'd let me go and he said, yeah, you can leave. and then i got out and the s.w.a.t. team, they put me on the ground and put my hands behind my back and had to do all that. that's just their job, obviously. and then he left four other people out of the classroom, and then we all went upstairs and waited for 45 minutes, and then he shot three more times
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apparently, and the police came -- the s.w.a.t. team came in with the battering ram and all the kids got out safely, thank god, and -- >> well, we are so, so glad that you're okay. and we thank you very much for taking the time to wake up and tell your story thus morning. zach campbell, thank you. >> thank you. >> and now here's harry. >> all right, maggie, thanks. now to politics. for the first time since the historic midterm elections, president obama will meet with republican leaders today. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante has the latest on that. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, harry. well, right after the election, the president invited the leaders here on november 18th. but the newly victorious republicans said, sorry, we're busy. the president ignored the rebuff and he is framing today's meeting as the first step toward a new and productive relationship. the president is still smarting from an elbow to the lip at a pickup basketball game last week.
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>> although washington is supposed to be a town of sharp elbows, it's getting a little carried away. >> reporter: today he squares off with his biggest political rivals, john boehner and mitch mcconnell. the top two items on the table today, extending the bush tax cuts and ratifying the nuclear arms control treaty with russia. other issues include extending unemployment insurance, repealing "don't ask, don't tell," and the report of a commission on ways to reduce the federal deficit. president obama made a point of raising expectations for republicans, who up to now have united against him. >> we now have a shared responsibility to deliver for the american people on the issues that define not only these times but our future. and i hope we can do that in a cooperative and serious way. >> reporter: but the newly empowered republicans, meeting with the president for the first time since the election, seemed in no mood to compromise. boehner and mcconnell wrote an op-ed in today's "washington post" which is sure to aggravate the democrats, with language like this. our friends across the aisle
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have clung for too long to the liberal wish list, including a job-killing health care law. now we have a real chance to move away from the misplaced priorities of the past two years. democrats in congress are working feverishly to move legislation on everything except stopping the tax hikes and lowering spending. the white house spokesman is trying to keep expectations for today's meeting low. probably a good idea in light of what the republicans had to say in their op-ed in today's paper. harry? >> bill plante, thanks so much. joining us now from capitol hill is congressman eric cantor, the soon-to-be house majority leader who will be meeting with president obama later today. congressman, good morning. >> good morning, harry. >> you have been in meetings like this before, with president obama. do you anticipate this one being any different in tone and tenor? >> well, harry, i'm hopeful that we can all get together this morning and try and drive towards producing results for the american people. you know, we're going to come with a message that we heard
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from the people on november 2nd saying, look, right now, too many people are out of work in this economy, and we've got to do all we can to get more jobs for more people. and one of the biggest hurdles to seeing that happen right now is the uncertainty surrounding the fact that tax rates are going to go up on everybody in just a few weeks if we don't act here in washington. so i'm hopeful that we're going to come together to try and resolve that issue right up front. >> you're talking about the bush tax cuts, which are due to expire soon. basically the white house has said, you know, we're on board with the republicans with all of them, except maybe for the very, very top earners in america. is there any wiggle room on this from the republican side? >> well, look, harry. you know, i think it's pretty clear that i'm not going to agree with president obama on everything. and he's not going to -- we're not going to agree with him on everything. but there is one thing that i do think we can come together on, and that's the fact that we have got a stubborn unemployment rate
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that is hovering around 10%. we've got to bring that back down, and right now, the best thing to do is to make sure that no one gets a tax hike while we're trying to see more jobs created in the private sector. so, hopefully we'll see a president that is responsive to the people that spoke on november 2nd. he can join us, and we can make sure now we go forward with an economy that's got, you know, all systems go as far as trying to get more jobs. >> john boehner and mitch mcconnell, bill plante talked about it in his piece a moment ago, a piece in "the washington post" this morning, it basically says, mr. president, your way was wrong, our way is right, now one of the things that the president said yesterday is, all right, i'm going to agree with the republicans, let's freeze federal wages for the next two years. is that at least a step in the right direction? >> well, absolutely. that's the kind of, you know, position and cooperation that we've been asking for. this is an idea of freezing
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federal pay that the republicans put forward back in may. and so we embrace that. certainly i know that the american people feel that the federal government has grown entirely too big. and the pay scales need to be brought down back to match the market rates in the private sector. so i laud the president for that move and i'm hopeful that that bodes well for this meeting this morning. >> we shall see. congressman eric cantor, thank you very much for your time this morning. do appreciate it, sir. >> thank you, harry. >> all right. >> it is now 7:12. time to get you a check of the other day's news -- of the day's other news. erica hill is at the news desk. good morning. >> maggie, good morning. harry good morning to you. good morning to everyone at home, as well. the state department is implementing new tighter security measures this morning following the latest release of classified documents by the website wikileaks. as the obama administration is considering criminal charges, as harry mentioned. cbs news chief white house correspondent chip reid is in washington this morning with the very latest. chip, good morning. >> well, good morning, erica. you know wikileaks has about a
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quarter million of these state department cables and they're going to be releasing them in dribs and drabs over the coming months. the latest one says that afghan president hamid karzai released some seriously dangerous drug dealers because of their connections to powerful figures. >> crimes have been committed here and we are in the process of investigating those crimes. >> reporter: on capitol hill, there are calls for the justice department to charge wikileaks' founder julian assange with espionage. but that won't be easy. assange is an australian citizen who's whereabouts are currently unknown. and the espionage laws are outdated. written during world war i. >> those were designed for a different era, a different kind of espionage threat. they talk about sketches and code books and signal books. they weren't designed to deal with a mass leak on the internet. >> reporter: but the justice department is expected to push ahead. arguing that the wikileak documents put u.s. intelligence assets at risk around the world. one document, about a suspected
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shipment of nuclear equipment to iran, describes an iranian intelligence source as a former national fencing champion of iran. almost surely enough to put his life in jeopardy. >> there is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people. >> reporter: secretary of state clinton sharply criticized wikileaks, and its founder, but she's also spending much of her time apologizing to nations and leaders who may have been embarrassed by the disclosures. >> the united states deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential. >> reporter: information like a description of russian president medvedev as afraid and hesitant, and french president sarkozy as a naked emperor. according to an interview in "forbes" magazine, wikileaks' next target is a major american bank. julian assange refused to identify the bank but said it will, quote, find itself turned inside out.
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erica? >> very strong statement there. chip reid in washington this morning. chip, thanks. a new study out this morning just might change your morning routine. it revises the recommended daily amounts of calcium and vitamin-d for adults. the report from the institute of medicine says most americans need 600 international units of vitamin-d per day. for the 71 and older, it is 800 ius and when it comes to calcium adults need 1,000 milligrams a day. women over 51 should get 1200 milligrams of calcium. so what do all those numbers mean for you? dr. jennifer ashton will be along a little bit later in the hour to help us break that down. cyber monday turned out to be a bonanza for retailers. online sales yesterday are on track to top a record $1 billion. of course it didn't hurt that 90% of retailers were offering shoppers some sort of cyber monday promotions. as the severe weather in the south, where at least three tornadoes tore through louisiana and mississippi, and we do have video of two of them. you can see them there, on the ground, side by side.
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this is about 90 miles east of shreveport. the storm knocked out power to over 1,000 customers. no injuries, however, were reported. dave price is standing by with a check of the weather. that's amazing to see two side by side like that. those pictures, just, whoo. >> and we had eight reports, three confirmed, one potentially an ef-2. that means wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour. and more of a threat today. let's walk on over to the weather wall, talk about it. look at this. this is some system. it is moving at about 40 miles per hour. it is strong. weather behind it, well, temperatures are anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees cooler in some places. that creates the possibility for severe conditions. that's just what we're going to see today from, let's say, areas right around mobile all the way up to the carolinas. let's zoom on in just a little bit if we can. with help with mr. computer. apparently i need to put in another battery. there we go! mobile up to raleigh today, the threat of tornadoes, severe weather, 40 to 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts. that's going to be a problem.
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meanwhile, the rain is going to push on through into the northeast tonight, into tomorrow. a rainmaker, one to three inches. cold temperatures continue out in the upper midwest and stretching back to the northern plains states, as well. time 7:17. and that's our first look at the weather this morning. rare harry, maggie over to you. >> thank you, dave. coming up disturbing information about the father of three missing boys in michigan. police now say he lied about what happened to them.
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a spirited crowd this tuesday morning. welcome back to "the early show." coming up, do you ever wonder what happens to your holiday package when it goes through after you ship it but before it gets to its destination? well, suffice it to say, it ain't pretty. so our consumer correspondent susan koeppen is going to show you the right way to box your gift to make sure that it gets to its destination in one piece. >> what an idea. and shockwaves in hollywood. the oscars have tapped anne hathaway and james franco to host. and now a lot of people are not only asking who, but why. we will try to explain why the academy chose the up and coming stars. >> but first, the frantic search continues this morning in michigan for three boys who've been missing since friday.
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police now say their father lied about what happened to them. cbs news national correspondent jeff glor is here with the latest. good morning, jeff. >> reporter: maggie, good morning to you. john skelton said he gave his three sons to a female friend. police are now confirming this woman never existed and the whereabouts of the missing boys remains a mystery. on day three of the desperate search, hundreds of volunteers join police, firefighters and the fbi to search for the missing brothers as their father's story fell apart. 9-year-old andrew, 7-year-old alexander, and 5-year-old tanner skelton were last seen on thanksgiving during a court-ordered visitation with their father. he claimed he turned his children over to a woman named jayen taylor because he didn't want them around when he committed suicide. now police are saying skelton's story is a lie. that he made taylor up. >> what i'm saying is that the reported relationship between mr. skelton and joann taylor does not exist. >> reporter: search parties are concentrating their efforts in
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an area along the ohio turnpike, where skelton's minivan was seen around the time the boys disappeared. one search leader was overheard telling searchers skelton may have just dumped them on the road. >> since we can last pinpoint the boys in the backyard on thursday afternoon, and that we know that the vehicle wasn't at the home at a period of time there, we certainly would want any leads that we could gather for that period of time on where that vehicle was at. >> reporter: police have searched skelton's home and vehicle, and though he remains a suspect, no arrests have been made. skelton is currently under observation at a local hospital, has yet to explain what actually happened to his three young sons. >> we don't know why he lied. but we're certain that he lied. and you know, when a father is not telling the truth to the cops about the disappearance of all of his children, that's a good reason to be suspicious. >> reporter: this is not the first time that skelton has taken his children without permission. he took them to florida in september. the same day his wife filed for divorce.
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and he kept them there until a judge ordered him back to michigan. maggie? >> jeff glor, thank you. joining us right now from washington is ernie allen. he is president and ceo of the national center for missing and exploited children. mr. allen, good morning. >> good morning, maggie. >> you know better than anyone that the more time that passes, the less likely it is that these boys will turn up alive. in these cases time really is the enemy, isn't it? >> it really is, maggie. we know that in 90% of these cases the children are recovered, the cases are resolved within the first 24 hours. and we know that when children are abducted by strangers, and murdered, that in three-fourths of the cases the children are dead within the first three hours. so law enforcement has moved quickly. there's been enormous attention to it. we remain hopeful, but the passage of time is not encouraging. >> in your experience, when a parent abducts a child, as may be the case here, what is usually the motive, and what is usually the outcome? >> well, it typically, in 80% of
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these cases, the motive for taking of the child is anger or revenge directed at the other spouse. what is perhaps most encouraging in this case is we also know that it is very rare for an abducting parent to do physical harm to the children. this is usually directed more at the other spouse. so it's not unprecedented, but there certainly is hope that these three little boys are still alive and still out there somewhere. >> but in this case, do you fear that it is different because the father is not physically with the children, and we know that he made up a story about what happened to them? >> absolutely. i mean, this is a really troubling scenario. we're very concerned for the safety of these children. our hope is that somebody knows, and that somebody will come forward and provide information. it's really important that people respond now and not feel intimidated because they know someone or have a relationship. somebody knows where these children are. >> and we hope they'll come
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forward. in the meantime, what are you doing to help? i know that police called you in on saturday. >> we have a program called team adam that uses retired law enforcement experts to advise and assist on the scene. we've been helping with grid searches of rural areas, looking for clues, looking for indications that the children have been there. we're circulating their photographs, widely. to try to generate those key leads and information. we need to do more to bring these three little boys home. >> here we are on day five having this conversation. do you feel strongly that you will find these three boys? >> oh, i do. and i think we've made such -- put such emphasis on the importance of time and rapid response that to lots of people, that means that if you don't recover them in 24 hours or 48 hours there is no hope. there are lots of examples of children being found and coming home after long periods of time.
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most recently jaycie dugard after 18 years. so there is hope that we can find them. law enforcement, state, federal, local law enforcement in two states, ohio and michigan, are working aggressively. there are volunteers hoping. we think there is still hope that these children can be found and can be returned to their mom. >> we will hold onto that. ernie allen, thank you so much. >> thank you, maggie. up next the adrenaline rush
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now that the frenzy surrounding black friday and cyber monday is over, it's time to calm down and finish your holiday shopping, as wisely as possible. here with advice is cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis. good to see you. good morning. >> hi, harry. >> this news out of washington, eric holder says, and we talked about this a little bit yesterday, with our correspondent from c-net, you've got to watch out for these scams out there. there are some big ones. >> yeah, there are some big ones. as a result of a lot of counterfeit and bootleg websites that are out there, they're peddling counterfeit and bootleg goods, the feds have now shut down 82 websites. what's important for people to keep in mind is these are mostly lesser-known websites. so if you stick to what you know this holiday season, you go to those retailers that you've always shopped at, you're going to be in a good position. >> these websites, in particular, were based in china, and they were selling -- >> yeah, many of them
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international. >> selling knockoff stuff. let's go through a list of different kinds of things people can do to stay -- stay smart this holiday season with their money. one of the things you really encourage folks to do is to read the fine print. >> read the fine print. and particularly when it comes to return policies, because a lot of companies are shortening their time span of how long you can have to buy and then return an item. also, i've heard from a number of people who they find out about this restocking fee, and they think they found out about it when they go back and try and return something. there's an additional 15% or whatever that they have to pay. >> right. >> well, make sure that you know that before you buy. ask all the questions up front. >> yeah. now, if you missed a black friday and cyber monday, there's another shopping holiday coming up. >> yes. >> called free shipping day, december 17th? >> yes. important to keep in mind, about 1,000 retailers right now are offering free shipping. but again, on december 17th, but again, important to keep in mind, that it might be free shipping to you. but it might not be free shipping on the way back. the return policies still apply,
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so pay attention. >> one of the other things you suggest is people really pay attention to how much money they have to spend. and what's the best way to do that? to make sure you don't spend money you don't have. >> yeah, well make the list. and not only make a list of what you plan on giving to everyone overall but make specifically a list of how much you plan to spend on every gift, and stick to that. >> all right. and also, you know, as sales go by, some people in years past would say, i'm going to wait until two days before christmas. >> yes. >> because i know the prices are going to go down even more. will they? >> in some cases, they will, harry. what we tend to see is that, yes, prices do, as you run up to christmas, prices do tend to go down. the issue becomes selection. and what's left out there. also, if you wait until after christmas sometimes the deals get even better. >> and are gift cards -- what's your wisdom about gift cards. >> gift cards can be a really useful tool. part of it is because of the fact that prices do tend to go down after christmas. if you give a gift card someone
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can get a less expensive. also a couple places to check out, cjs and costco usually offer gift cards for a discount for a number of retailers, spas, restaurants. so check with them. they offer discounts. >> you always have good ideas to save money. what about credit card rebates? >> a number of credit card companies offer rebates this time of year. check with yours. i'm not telling you to go out and sign up for a new credit card. check with the credit card that you currently have. and sign up for any rebates that they offer at your favorite retailers this time of year, because, for example, bank of america and citi today that and if you sign up you get extra points. >> get enough points you might as well cash them in. rebecca jarvis, thank you so much. up next the controversial decision to name two lesser-known celebrities to host this year's oscar awards. we'll take a look into that when was . i love it. not wash. power wash. ok. whoa. [ female announcer ] life comes with headaches
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>> oh, okay. okay, that's better. >> oh, and also, we're going to need you to be naked. >> oh. is it important to the scene? >> it is so important. >> then i'll do it. >> thank you. >> there you go. so anne hathaway there, poking fun, i believe it was november 20th. she's now going to be hosting the oscars. co-hosting actually with james franco, we've learned. you've been saying this is sort of controversial the pick to have these two young actors do it. >> it's different. >> it's different. >> like last year they had steve martin and alec baldwin who were older and longtime actors. it's a big difference. >> i liked it in the old days. do you remember when carson, johnny carson -- >> i was a little kid. but yeah, i remember. >> i mean, that was when -- >> and billy crystal. >> billy crystal was great, too. >> bob hope. >> opening numbers with billy crystal. >> were phenomenal.
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>> i think they'll do fine, though. if they can handle "saturday night live" which they've both done five or six live skits a night. they can roll with it. >> they can do funny. they can do serious. there's some talk whether or not this could really get interesting if they're nominated themselves and james franco in "127 hours," you saw that, harry. >> yeah, he's amazing. she's amazing in "love and other drugs." i think there's a good chance both of them could end up being nominated. >> she's so likable. she's a phenomenal actress but she's just so likable. >> clearly they've done this for a reason. they're trying to increase the audience. >> younger audience. >> but even if you're a doubter about that, you can't take away from the talent of these two actors. they're terrific. >> exactly, exactly. >> and they say they're really hoping they can move the show along. >> we've heard that before. don't make the show so long. >> someone's saying that right now, as a matter of fact. we'll be right back. st have the wrong house. sister? we missed you. they waited up all night for you, you know. it's a long way from west africa.
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someone on this couch once wore that. >> yes. erica, you? >> not it. >> not it. >> adriana. you're going to see her wearing it tonight on cbs at the victoria's secret fashion show. but she is here this morning. thanks for coming in. >> my pleasure. thanks for having me. >> how did it feel to wear a $2 million bra. >> it's an honor. it's my second time using this bra and probably the most beautiful. the most elegant. >> very nice. >> well, can you believe that she lost 50 pounds after having had a baby not too long ago. so you are our hero. we have so much to talk to you about that, about the show. about the bra. so don't go away. more with adriana lima when we come back on "the early show" on cbs. hey, guys. printer's out of ink.
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now's the time to shop at have a nice crowd out on the plaza with us today. >> yes. >> as we welcome you back to "the early show." i'm harry smith, along with maggie rodriguez. >> some of the nicest people this morning. >> very nice people. >> including this young couple here, harry. the one with the white coat and the camel coat, they just got engaged yesterday in the middle of times square. >> oh! >> oh. congratulations. >> coming up, turns out that peanuts can be the best thing for your holiday gifts. >> not real peanuts. >> we'll explain, right? because you don't really know what happens, you think you pack it correctly, and you assume that it's going to be handled with care. >> right. >> and it isn't always.
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>> you write handle with care. that should be enough. >> susan koeppen is going to be along to tell us the right way to get our packages off to our friends and loved ones. >> also ahead, we've always heard that vitamins are good for us. but that may not always be the case. especially if you take too much. our dr. jennifer ashton is here with new recommendations on one vitamin in particular that could be especially dangerous if you overdo it. >> and the angels will be out tonight. the victoria's secret angels. they'll be strutting their stuff on the catwalk for a special show. the big holiday victoria's secret show. again on cbs. and one of those very beautiful ladies supermodel adriana lima is here to tell us about the show. she lives right nearby. >> she does. >> as do you, coincidentally. hmm. >> no connection whatsoever. first, though, erica hill is at the news desk with a check of the headlines. >> matchmaker, matchmaker. good morning. >> good morning to everyone at home. we begin on a serious note this
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morning. police in wisconsin say the student gunman who held his classmates hostage has a serious self-inflicted wound. during class yesterday, the unidentified 15-year-old pulled a gun and shot a projector. 23 students and a teacher were held hostage for about five hours. one of the hostages zach campbell told maggie this morning they did their very best to calm the situation. >> we just talked to him about what movies he likes, his hobbies, music, bunch of stuff, just tried to keep it going. keep it friendly. he was very -- he was fine. he was actually laughing with us. >> the student was armed with two guns. none of the hostages were harmed. this morning, president obama meets with congressional leaders for the first time since the elections that gave republicans control of the house. the president says he is hoping for a productive working relationship. a new arms deal with russia, and the bush-era tax cuts that are due to expire come january top the agenda. this morning eric cantor, who is the incoming house majority leader told harry the gop message will be simple.
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>> look, right now too many people are out of work in this economy and we've got to do all we can to get more jobs for more people. and one of the biggest hurdles to seeing that happen right now is the uncertainty surrounding the fact that tax rates are going to go up on everybody in just a few weeks. >> yesterday the president announced a freeze on federal wages, something republicans approve. the latest wikileaks revelations may have some far-reaching consequences. the white house has now ordered a government-wide security crackdown on classified information. attorney general eric holder says the release of the state department cables is a crime and the u.s. might file criminal charges. meantime, the cable release by wikileaks says afghan president hamid karzai freed dangerous detainees and pardoned suspected drug dealers who had links to powerful figures. mohamed osman mohamud remains in jail this morning in oregon. mohamud pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of plotting to detonate explosives at a
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christmas tree lighting ceremony in portland on friday. his attorney says it was government entrapment. the tentative trial date has been set for february. in northern china, talk about a case of don't try this at home. a 3-year-old boy got stuck in the drum of a washing machine. it was just 15 inches wide, his legs were trapped. his mom says he might have been playing hide and seek. ouch. look at that. took emergency workers about an hour to free him. they carefully used a circular saw to cut him out of the tub. released him into mommy's arms who was waiting by. don't think he'll try it again. dave price standing by now out on the plaza with another check of the weather on this tuesday morning. good morning, again. >> good morning, erica. a lovely bunch of people out here. and if you feel like coffee, why don't you stop by. 59th and 5th. our friends at starbucks are involved with the red project. and it is a remarkable -- world aids day is taking place, of course, this week. and in true fashion we are trying to make sure that we are
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the first generation born aids-free in the year 2010 and we salute starbucks for all you're doing to help in that battle. so nice to see you. and thank you very much. next step how about a grande. let's take a look at the weather map, see what's happening all across the country, shall we? we've got showers. we've got rain. we've got windy conditions. zoom on in and take a look. this thing is stretching all the way from places like mobile up to raleigh. the chance of tornadoes today. behind it, much colder, drier air. that's the big trouble spot. and we have a storm in the pacific northwest, which we're working with right now. that's going to bring some problems and mountain snow is measured by the foot.
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>> this weather report sponsored by sargento. persnickety people, exceptional cheese. >> we'll send it back inside to you, maggie? >> in this morning "healthwatch," new guidelines for vitamin-d and calcium. too much of these nutrients could be dangerous to your health. our dr. jennifer ashton is here with the details. the institute of medicine puts out these recommendations and it's not what we've always heard about vitamin-d. >> exactly. and the bottom line here is do we need these two vitamins? in particular the institute of medicine was talking about calcium and vitamin-d, and if so
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how much. and a warning to those who might be getting too much. to start off with what they said about vitamin-d. we speak about it a lot here on this show. it's a very important vitamin, been in the news recently. we're actually not getting as much as we need. for most people they recommend 600 units a day of vitamin-d3 and for 71 years of age and up, a little more than that, 00 units a day. now we know we can get vitamin-d from the sun. you can get it from fortified foods. but it's one of the most easy vitamins to get in supplemental form as long as you don't take too much. >> what about calcium? what are the recommendations and what's the best way to get it? >> the best way to get calcium is really from your diet. things like dairy, milk, cheeses, even some vegetables like broccoli, salmon, they all have vitamin-d in them. but in terms of how much we need it depends on your age. for preteenagers and teenagers, they need 1300 milligrams a day of calcium, which is about the equivalent you would get in three cups of milk.
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for adults 1,000 milligrams of day. women over the age of 51 need 1200 milligrams a day and everyone, men and women, 71 years of age and up, 1200 milligrams a day. what's important to remember, maggie, when you're talking about calcium, if you do take it in supplemental form you cannot ingest it or metabolize it all at once so you do have to divide it. usually morning and evening. >> is there one group in particular of those that you showed that should be paying closest attention? someone who is most negligent about getting enough calcium. >> what the institute of medicine is saying is that preteenagers and adolescent girls are probably not getting enough. again, it's not that easy to get this calcium from your diet. especially if you're watching your weight, which we know a lot of children and teenagers are forced to do now. so there are people that you really want to store up that calcium in that age group early, because after you get to be about 21 or 25 years of age, you cannot build bone density anymore. so you need to get it in that age group. >> and we cannot overstate the benefit of calcium and
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vitamin-d. >> absolutely. for osteoporosis and the fractures that come from weakened bones, the estimates are that half of post menopausal women will suffer a fracture and one out of five men over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporosis fracture. so this calcium recommendation really impacts on everyone. >> dr. jennifer ashton, thank you. up next, what really happens when you ship your holiday gift, even if it's marked fragile and this end up. we'll show you next here on "the early show" on cbs. >> "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by advil. make the switch to advil now. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] every day thousands of people are switching from tylenol® to advil. to learn more and get your special offer, go to take action. take advil®.
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mechanics" magazine wanted to know exactly what happens to those packages, so they rigged a package and sent it on its way. and they found out just how many times that box took a beating. the holiday shopping season is in full swing. but buying gifts is half the battle. sending them out is a whole new adventure. >> i had a laptop once that got broken. >> i guess i worry if things are dropped by accident. >> seems like they have so many packages they don't care particularly about your package. >> reporter: click on to youtube and you'll find plenty of shipping shenanigans. packages being thrown, dropped, kicked, and crushed. so what really happens when you ship a package? the tech wizards at "popular mechanics" wanted to find out. >> we figure there's got to be a technological way of getting inside a package and seeing how much abuse actually occurs. >> reporter: so they put this device inside a package to measure how many times it was flipped or dropped. >> when it's jostled and just jumped around or pushed or
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dropped, et cetera, it's going to record every single time that happens. >> reporter: they sent the same package 12 times. from new york to santa monica, over to austin, texas, and back to new york. using shipping giants fedex, u.p.s., and the u.s. postal service. >> we found that actually, quite a bit of abuse occurs while your package is in transit. >> reporter: fedex dropped the package the most, around three times per trip. followed by u.p.s., and the u.s. postal service. ask for flips? the fedex package was flipped an average of seven times. u.p.s. four times. and the u.s. postal service came in at 12.5 flips per delivery. >> we were surprised that it occurs pretty much on every trip. >> reporter: popular mechanics also put the words fragile and this end up on the box for some of the deliveries. on those trips, the box was treated even worse. but don't worry, it wasn't all bad news. the package arrived on time or early with each delivery. >> we got to give them a lot of
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credit for getting your packages there fast. it would just be nice if they got them there fast, and in one piece. >> and popular mechanics and the shipping giants all agree this was not a scientific experiment. they were having some fun here. >> all right. at the same time, though, it makes us realize how important it is to package things properly. >> right. >> in order that they'll get delivered on time, make sure they're there in one piece. now, what is -- this is a new box. >> so start packing with a new box. don't use old boxes. they actually lose half their strength as they're being used. so always start with a new box, if you can. >> and can you buy this stuff in the stores? >> absolutely. so you should always pack with styrofoam peanuts not newspaper or other paper that will compress during shipping. so you want to use the styrofoam noodles, peanuts, whatever you want to call them. and make sure the item is in the middle of the box, and fill the box with peanuts so much that it's actually hard to press it down. >> okay. because in the old days we would wrap them up in newspaper but
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this is really -- >> yeah, of course. i think most people use newspaper, but if you can go out and buy some styrofoam peanuts. >> this is the other key you have something seriously fragile you want to wrap it in the bubble wrap. >> something that's going to break, use bubble wrap to wrap it. and if you're sending something that can get wet like a book or something like that, put it in plastic. >> this would make all kinds of sense then. you take the fragile thing, put it in the bubble wrap, write? and then in this, deep as far as you can go and really surround it with the peanuts? >> right. and when you put it into the box you want it to be right in the middle and at least three inches of peanuts on all side. three inches of peanuts. >> you have to have the peanut zone. >> right. now what did you do here? >> obviously you put a label on the box, right? where did it go. >> there it is. >> label on the front. but also write out a label and drop it in the box. >> oh. i like that. >> okay. so in case anything happens to the box. >> way to go. susan koeppen as always, thank you so much. up next, she's a new mom, a
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supermodel, and she's worn a $2 million bra. we're going to talk to adriana lima about tonight's victoria's secret fashion show on cbs. i couldn't sleep right. next day it took forever to get going. night after night, i sat up. sprayed up. took a shower... or took a pill. then i tried drug-free breathe right advanced. and instantly, i breathed better! i slept better. it felt...better. thank you, breathe right! [ male announcer ] breathe better, sleep better, feel better. now try new breathe right advanced for free... at [ woman ] it's my right to breathe right. isn't it your right, too? [ woman ] it's my right to breathe right.
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victoria's secret angels are back. the world's most beautiful women will be gracing the catwalk tonight on cbs, along with some impressive acrobats, and music superstars katy perry and akon. joining us this morning with a
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preview is victoria's secret supermodel adrian ma lima. good to have you with us this morning. >> it is good to be here. >> you're sort of a hero to all of us, especially us mothers, because you've done this fashion show a number of times, but this is the first time you've done it since becoming a mom. >> yes, it was the first time. >> was it hard to get back out there in lingerie? you look great but for any woman it's tough. no matter how good you look, you feel different. >> actually, i feel more confident, even more beautiful, more sexy after i gave birth to my daughter. but you know, i gain a lot of weight during pregnancy. >> 50 pounds. >> 50 pounds. >> that's all i tell. that's all i can say. >> your secret is safe with us. >> victoria's secret. >> i was very nervous about it. am i going to be able to, you know, lose the weight. i don't know how my body's going to react. how fast i was going to lose the weight. it wasn't an easy road. but, you know, i'm persistent.
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so it wasn't easy to find, you know, extra minutes between balancing of mom to just run to the gym and you know, do my jumping rope and my boxing. and actually, my trainer is watching me now. michael! i love you. thank you. >> erica has an 8-month-old. i have a 5-month-old. so we know exactly how you feel. on top of everything else here you have to go back to work and worry about is your child going to sleep through the night? are you going to be able to juggle motherhood and your job. did you feel that? >> i was afraid, because, you know, i wanted to be -- i want to be a good mother. you know, i wanted to give the best for valentina. and she's, of course, my priority. so, yes, i was worried about, you know, giving as much time as i could possibly do for her. i felt guilty even to leave her asleep in her room. i cannot do that. i was okay, baby you go to your room now and then after ten minutes i would go back to her room, pick her up.
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i'm like, you know what? after she's going to grow up, she's going to be 15 and she's going to live alone for 40 years of her life. so let me enjoy my moments with her. >> i'm with you. >> i want to go back to what you said before. because you feel like, internally, you're sexier, you're more appealing now? >> yes. >> after you've had a child than you were even before? >> yes. i do. >> that's beautiful. >> i feel complete somehow. and i think that hormonal changings during pregnancy, i think a woman needs that for. and so i feel that. >> you have the glow. i bet the bra made you feel more beautiful, too. a $2 million bra. >> it's amazing. i love it was honor. >> is it heavy? >> you know, actually it's not that heavy. it's comfortable, and -- >> can you believe -- >> like over three poundses of
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woo-hoo! >> we got new friends, hot coffee. what could be better. >> a fine morning to be on the plaza. >> welcome back, everybody, to "the early show." are you looking for the perfect gift? how about customizing things. you gave me a bottle of wine, harry, with your picture on it, i would think it was a little weird. >> yeah. >> but there are so many cool
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things you can customize, books, sneakers. dave has a pair on that he customized which are very, very, very -- >> oh, look at that. >> see that? >> with black socks not so much. but i like the sneakers. >> they really accentuate your ankles. >> oh, yeah, look at that. >> those are custom adidas and we're going to show you how you can make -- >> show some leg. >> oh, yeah. >> that's right. the ladies like. >> you're no adriana lima, my friend. >> absolutely not. >> also ahead this morning, as the oldest of the baby boomers get ready to turn 65, we continue our senior moments series, with some important information on social security. we'll look at a half a dozen things you can do to maximize your future benefits. >> and she's been notorious for her relationship with tiger woods but rachel uchitel says she is ready to hit the road to
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recovery. she's pasht of the season of celebrity rehab. before we can get to that dave, mr. legs, price is standing by with a check of the weather. >> let's take a check of the weather. you like the kicks? what do you think? not so bad. i can design yours for a mere small fee. let's take a check of the weather, see what's happening all across the country, shall we? the maps tell the whole story. it is a very active eastern third of the country. and keep in mind, let's not forget what's happening out west, too. in fact we'll start out west. you're talking about the major snows out west. you're talking about out west! you're talking about the major snows rolling through sections of actually oregon, washington, into sections of idaho, as well. coastal storm is going to wash ashore. mountain snow, one to two feet. watch those passes between seattle and spokane and portland, to inward sections of oregon up in the higher elevations. you're going to see some trouble. meanwhile, the midwest is going
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to see some sloppy conditions. you are going to see that stretching all the way down, first we're going to see a dose of cold, arctic air roll up from canada, or roll down, i should say. temperature's going to be below 32 in that entire area. midwest is going to see rain stretching down to the gulf that's a quick look at your weather picture. we'll send it back inside to you guys. >> dave, thanks.
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rachel uchitel became a tabloid sensation a year ago as a wrult of her involve with tiger woods. in her own words she became famous for being infamous. now her attention has turned to her addiction which is krongled in dr. drew's celebrity rehab. rachel uchitel joins us in the studio. good morning. >> good morning. >> a lot of people know who you are because of tiger woods. as i understand it, you are unable to discuss that because of a confidentiality agreement that you signed. but you have said there was a public perception because of that, that you were a villain. that it forced you into seclusion. why, then, put yourself out there again. why come forward again and be in the spotlight? >> well, you know, i decided that i was not okay with the media creating this cartoon character of who i was. and i had been offered celebrity apprentice, and then i was offered celebrity rehab, and at first there was no way that i wanted to do celebrity rehab. i didn't consider myself an addict. i didn't consider myself an
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actress. i didn't consider myself a celebrity. and i just had no interest in doing a show like that. and then, after doing a lot of soul searching i knew that i needed help. i didn't know what i needed help for. but i knew that dr. drew could help me and i figured the only way to have people be able to look into who i was, and hear things from me, was by doing the show. and if people want to judge me based on who i am when i've put myself out there, then i'm totally okay with that. but i wasn't okay with, you know, the media creating somebody for everybody to dislike. >> so is it giving you some sort of closure then? >> i don't know if i would call it closure. but i mean, it absolutely gives me the opportunity to show people who i really am. >> you said you didn't realize you had addictions. you were treated on the show for addiction to prescription drugs and a love addiction. which you were dismissive of yourself at first.
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a lot of people look at things like sex addiction, come on, really, what kind of addiction is that. what is a love addiction for you? >> right. well, i was totally against it at first. i was like, love addiction? what is that? that sounds ridiculous. but, you know, i always considered addictions something with a substance. cocaine, meth, heroin, and you know, i finally came to terms when i was spending time in rehab, and with dr. drew, to understand that i had a problem. i realized what that label was. and that there was a solution to it. and i realized that that is called love addiction. and what that means for me is i mistake intensity for intimacy. and i missed all the red flags that people have. and i sort of put a bag on somebody's head and create them into this knight in shining armor that's going to save me from this hole in my heart that really i came to learn was created after the loss of fiance in the world trade center. on top of the fact that i had
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lost my father years before. so losing two primary male figures in my life really affected me. >> so how have things changed now for you? >> i'm a completely different person from when i went in to rehab. i want to emphasize that this was by no means a reality show. it was rehab. there was nothing that was staged. it was really difficult to be there. >> and you were there for how long? >> i was there for 17 days. and afterwards i went into a sober living environment where, again, i wasn't addicted to alcohol or anything like that. but i wanted to be involved in a place where people were really open and understanding of what was going on. >> how are you -- you say you're completely different, though. but if you're looking at it from the outside you hear, okay, you were there for 17 days. you say totally real, but being for tv you go into a sober house. how, specifically, have you changed things? and how, i mean, does your entire thought process change now when you meet someone? >> absolutely. i have been given the opportunity now to look inside, and take a deeper look at what's going on with me and why i do things, why i make decisions,
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why i surround myself with certain people. and i've completely changed that. so i'm very -- i'm very aware of everything that i'm doing. and i really changed what makes me happy. and how i find happiness. >> so what do you do now? what's next? >> well, i am in constant recovery still. i mean, i still see dr. drew and bob forrest who was on the show, as well. i'm completely separate from, you know, vh1 or part of the show. i mean, i still see them on a weekly basis, and i'm in continual therapy. >> can you date while you're doing something like that? >> yeah, i can date. it's been, you know, i'm really trying to focus on normalcy in my life. you know, so i'm trying to figure out what -- what i can do to motivate me to get out of bed and be happy every day. so, you know, yes, i'm dating. but, it's, you know, on a much different level than it was. before. >> thanks for being with us. now here's harry. >> thanks.
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we continue our senior moments series right now in conjunction with our print partners at "usa today," and this morning we're talking about social security. joining us now to discuss how you can maximize your benefits is donna rosato, senior writer for "money" magazine. good morning. >> good morning. >> you know, we get these statements from social security, right, once a year or so, and this is what's in and this is what you can expect to get if you retire at this age, or this is what you can expect if you retire at that age. what is the best way to collect the most amount of money? >> the single best way to collect the most amount of money is to wait to collect. i think most people realize that if they take the social security benefits early they'll get less. but i don't think people realize just how much it pays to wait. for example, most people think of the retirement age as 65. but retirement age and social security's mind is 65 only if you're born before 1943. if you're born from '43 to 1960 your full retirement age is 66. and after 1960 it's actually age
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67. >> wow. >> and if you take your retirement benefits as early as age 62 you can lose up to 25% of your benefits. >> over the long run, especially as long as many of us are living these days that ends up being serious dough. >> that's right. if you make about $100,000 a year, and you take your retirement benefits at age 62 you get about $1600 a month. if you wait until age 66 it would be $2400 a month. if you wait until age 70 it's nearly $3,000. so it really pays to wait. >> that's talking about some real money. >> that's right. >> over a significant amount of time. now, what about this whole thing about, because some people, their earning levels go through peaks and valleys. how do you best gauge that to take best advantage of it in terms of social security? >> one thing i think people don't realize is that your social security benefits are based on your 35 best highest earning years. so a lot of people who have been working for 35 years or perhaps longer but if you're in your peak earning years later on it pays to work longer. that's because since it's based on the 35 highest earning years
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if you work longer now at a higher pay, they'll throw out some of the lower earning years and boost your benefits. >> that really makes sense. if you're making good money toward retirement you might as well push it forward, because it's going to pay off in the end. >> that's right. it's a very got strategy. >> all right. now how do, and this is very interesting, you have basic assumptions about how this is supposed to work. but the situation -- the system, can't be gained per se, but there are things that you can take advantage of, including spousal benefits that you can take earlier than you might assume. >> that's right. if you've been married for at least ten years you're untitled to about 50% of your spouse's benefits. but there's different ways you can take advantage of that strategy. so say you are a married couple and you had a spouse that didn't work very much, has very little work history. perhaps they were a stay-at-home parent and you want to collect some of the social security benefit but you're the higher earning person. that person can do a strategy called file and suspend. what you would do is you'd file for your social security and that would allow your spouse,
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the lower earning spouse to start collecting that income but you can suspend your benefits and allow thumb to accumulate at the higher rate and you can them. >> so you have to make that filing to be able to take advantage of it, right? >> that's right. that's right. >> and there are also sort of some similar things you can do with children, and/or grandchildren. >> that's right. well there are older parents today, and if you are age 62 or older and collecting social security and you have minor children dependent on you, so that could be anybody who's under age 18 that you care for, it could be a child, or a grandchild, they are allowed to get up to 50% of your social security benefits, as well. >> and how do you take advantage of divorce? >> oh, that's right. who knows -- who knew that divorce could actually pay for you, as well. but if you were married for at least ten years and you're divorced for at least two years you can collect social security on your spouse's benefits, as will. >> now what about starting all over again? >> well, so a lot of people have taken their social security early, it's been a tough recession for people. but if you have and you decide
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that you want to kind of start all over and try to get the higher rate, you can do a do-over. how that would work would be you would take alled earnings that you've received so far and you'd have to pay it back in a lump sum. that's kind of a big nut to cover. but maybe you had an inheritance or maybe a work bonus or something like that. it would be well worth it. pay that money back and then you would restart your benefits at the higher rate and you would lock in higher income for the rest of your life. >> it doesn't have to be a fait accompli once you've done the deal. it doesn't have to be that way forever. >> that's right. if you can come up with the money to pay it back you can have a start over. sometimes you can start all over again. >> done know rosato, thank you very much. it's not what you think it is. you've got to do some real serious homework. for more on making the most of your social security you can go to "usa today" dotcom or to our website, maggie? ♪ ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> we begin our series "the perfect presents" this morning.
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from now until christmas we'll show you great ideas for everyone on your list. today we have personalized gifts to guide us through the best of the bunch is "early" show style contributor katrina szish. good morning, katrina. >> good morning, maggie. >> i love the first one, because we personalize our pizza, why not personalize our chocolate bars. >> absolutely. i love the story about this company. three college guys graduated, it was during the recession, they couldn't get a job so they thought let's start a company. they had one mention in "o" magazine and have never, ever looked back. >> wasn't it a tiny blush? >> it was a couple inches of copy, that was it. >> and here we go. >> how do you do this? >> you go on our website and you choose the type of chocolate you want. white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and you choose from over 100 little goodies, there can be spices, everything from pretzels to potato chips to nuts, whatever you like. and basically, each bar is hand made. and you just choose whatever toppings you want. they start at $4. 15 cents per additional topping. and that's pretty much it. you order.
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>> is this edible paper, too? >> everything is edible. everything is handmade. >> this person got very creative. the cereal and the coffee. >> the coffee beans, as well. >> exactly. >> very nice. >> i like these little cupcakes. they're smaller than the mini cupcakes, right? >> exactly. of course the cupcake trend is huge. but it's getting smaller because bite size cupcakes are all the rage here in new york city. these are baked by melissa. and on their website now, no matter where you live, even if you're not in new york city, you can customize your own mini bite-size cupcakes. you can choose the filling and the frostings and the toppings and the cake. whatever you like. the minimum order is 300 cupcakes and the orders ship overnight or second day so they arrive fresh wherever you are. >> and they're a buck apiece. >> okay. >> let aa cute idea. >> the bottle of wine is always a hostess gift but this always makes it a little bit more special instead of going to the pack and shop. you can order your own personalized labels. we've got some here.
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we've got a maggie rodriguez wine label. >> it's not actually my wine. >> but your wine. you can put whatever message you want. upload any photo you want and these are from a new online design store, they deliver them right to your door $48 for 25 wine labels. >> doesn't include the wine. >> does not include the wine. >> next. i love this because your kids can do it with you. they can get an yut fit for themselves and for their doll. my daughter would go nuts for this. >> i would have loved this. not only if you have a kid who loves fashion, girls from 5 to 12 can create outfits for themselves and also matching ones for their doll. they can go online to the color, choose the design or pajamas. there are tops, there are bottoms. they can choose the embellishments they want and the prices are quite aforward fordal. they start at $40 and within about three weeks they ship them right to your door. >> is it any door or just an american girl doll? >> they have a variety of sizes so you can choose based on the size of the doll you have at home. you even get your name on the label. >> very nice. books have been popular for awhile.
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>> of course. every kid wants a customized book. and these are great, and all you need to do is upload your child's photo and voila, a little instant book is created. they also have one that you can create for my super mom or my super dad. >> as you guys have done here. >> for someone for our anchors here at the early show. it takes 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to receive and they cost $40. >> i think harry really enjoys being a knight. and the dragon. >> i'm not intimidated by dranks. >> and you're very flexible maggie. >> impressive. >> we're supermoms. what do you expect. these are the ones that dave showed us earlier. i love this idea. >> dave designed these himself. he went online to he chose the brown shoes, the red trim. the red -- the white laces and the little eyelets here and adidas and converse have been doing customizable sneaker for years. it's become a popular trend. but this is a really interesting way to channel kind of your inner design creativity.
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so about $100. and they are delivered right to your door in two weeks. >> that's quicker than i would have thought. >> and these are all leather? they're very nice. >> they've got a variety of your favorite adidas styles. and you can pick your favorite style and then go to town with all the colors and creativity. >> it's great. this is a gift that i would love receiving, customized jewelry. >> hint hint out there. >> yeah, right. not so subtle hunt. >> posh mommy jewelry is great for mommies with sty. you can choose gold, white gold or silver and you can engrave these discs, the mini dog tags with a saying, with a special message. and they're really subtle even to wear with a t-shirt and jeans on the weekend. you'll always have that special message close to your heart. >> very nice. this is some ideas for what you can do with your pictures. >> what can we do with up those pictures on our digital cameras? you can make everything from photo journals to customized wall art. a basic journal, we have erica
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hill on the cover is $8. so they're very affordable. and there are so many options. i've used it before. i love it. >> very nice. he was a knight before and now he's a superhero. >> for the gentleman who has everything make your own action hero. we have our own harry smith action hero. and you can upload two pictures, and they will actually create an action figure to represent whoever you want it to be. >> that's a snazzy suit. >> that is. >> and he's got his blackberry. >> there are over 70 accessories on the site. you can even have them customized and record a 20 second message with a microship. we have not recorded it yet. that will be up to harry later. >> katrina, thank you very much. >> absolutely. >> harry and i would like to tell you for more on these and other customized gifts you can go to our website, which is harry and i will be right back, you're watching "the early show" on cbs.
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add sugar. then hershey's kisses milk chocolates. [ son giggles ] [ female announcer ] fun. easy. [ child ] wow. [ female announcer ] at >> i found these by the tree so these are my favorite. they have my kids' initials on them. >> oh! >> can we get a shot? >> can you say this just screams i'm from connecticut? >> you're going with the red kit? >> i like the red and green converse. >> i can see harry in these. >> i think these are remarkably stylish. >> thank you. >> you hear the word she used? remarkably. >> i'm very surprising that you have any sense of style. >> no. not. >> have a great day, everybody. your local news is coming up next.
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